As a regional government committed to promoting sustainable communities, Metro is working to reduce its own ecological footprint. Learn about efforts to reduce the environmental impact of Metro's public venues, parks, buildings and solid waste facilities.
Metro facilities made notable improvements in energy efficiency, recycling, and toxics reduction since Metro adopted its Sustainability Plan in 2010. The table below provides a snapshot of Metro's performance in each goal area as compared with a 2008 baseline year. For detailed reporting and an explanation of indicators and their measurement, read the full report. Download the report
|GOAL||INDICATORS||FY 2011-12 performance|
|Kilowatts of electricity consumed (kWh)||Electricity use is down 8 percent from 2008 levels.|
|Percentage of products used that are rated high hazard*||Metro eliminated 13,000 pounds of hazardous products from facility supplies in 2012.|
|Percent recycled and composted; total waste generated||
Metro facilities averaged a recycling rate of 60 percent, a 9 percent increase since 2008.
Waste generation is up 17 percent from 2008 levels.
|Hundred cubic feet (CCF) of water consumption||Water consumption is down 8 percent from 2008.|
|Effective impervious area||Effective impervious surface area at Metro properties has decreased 2 percent from 2008; 80 percent of impervious surfaces drain to a waterway.|
*Hazard ratings are based on the Chemical Risk Information System at Oregon Health and Science University.
The Metro Council set an ambitious target for internal operations to be sustainable within one generation. To this end, the council adopted goals in five key categories to reduce the agency's environmental impact:
See Green Metro in action with sustainability projects aimed at Metro's goals in the areas of climate, toxics, waste, water and habitat.Go
Metro's comprehensive sustainability plan identifies strategies and nearly 100 actions to achieve the above goals. The goals are slated for completion by 2025 or, in the case of greenhouse gas emissions, 2050. Metro Council adopted this plan by resolution on Oct. 7, 2010. Read the plan
Metro completed a comprehensive inventory of 2008 greenhouse gas emissions from internal business operations. This inventory sets the baseline year for future reporting of GHG emissions from Metro operations. The inventory includes both direct and indirect emissions sources.View the inventory
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